WEA is working diligently to advocate for students, families and educators during the COVID-29 outbreak. With the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming continuing to escalate, families, educators, and students will be faced with challenges and difficult decisions about health and wellness, compensation, food security, and more.
We commend the state and district leaders who have already prioritized the safety of our students and elected to enact school closures. Like them, we do not take this decision lightly. Closing schools is not only needed, but also necessary to protect our students, our educators, and our communities. However, WEA also realizes that school closures present potential problems for students participating in free and reduced lunch programs, educators striving to provide an adequate and equal education experience to all students, and educators who may be faced with a loss of income during periods of school closure.
Because this situation is so far outside the realm of precedent, the Wyoming Department of Education and local school districts are working dedicatedly to develop proactive plans as circumstances evolve. WEA UniServ Directors are gathering information and working dedicatedly on behalf of members in their respective regions.
If you require the assistance of your UniServ Director, their direct contact information can be found below. Please continue to monitor your inbox and WEA's social media properties for updates, information and resources, as we continue to strive to best serve members during this period of rapid change and uncertainty.
Thank you for your commitment to Wyoming students.
From all of us here at WEA, we wish you and your loved ones safety and calm as the nation works to gain control over the coronavirus outbreak.
Kathy Vetter, WEA President
Please Note: Central/Northeast Region UniServ Director Judy Trohkimoinen will be providing vacation relief for both the Southeast and Southwest Region UniServ Directors until Thursday, March 19. Please contact Judy with comments or concerns from the Southeast and Southwest regions until Thursday.
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Help Students, Families and Educators Maintain Financial Security During the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak: Urge the Senate to Pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201
The House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 363–40, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201, on March 14. NEA supported the bill and is urging the Senate to quickly pass it. It is a good initial step, along with the $8 billion passed earlier this month, to help during this crisis. NEA is urging Congress to take additional steps after passage of H.R. 6201. Learn more about relief provided by this legislation, and write Senators Enzi and Barrasso, asking them to support this legislation by clicking this link.
Explore resources developed by NEA to help educators navigate the COVID-19 outbreak. See NEA Resources.